The HAppy Museum - Museum Next 2013

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Unbridled economic growth has locked our identities to the things we possess. Our individuality is shaped by what we own rather than the relationships we have with other people or our landscape. Museums have encouraged this. If they are not seduced by the glamour of treasure, they are overly concerned with narrative so that the sole purpose of objects is to tell a linear human story, invariably one of progress. The Happy Museum Project looks at how the museums can respond to the challenges presented by the need to create a low-carbon future where prosperity relies not on an individuals ability to consume but on his or her capacity to co-operate and collaborate. Its proposition is that museums are well placed to play an active part, but that grasping the opportunity will require reimagining some key aspects of their role, both in terms of their relationship with their visitors and communities, but also in the way they relate to the objects in their collections

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<ul><li> 1. Tony ButlerDirector, Museum of East AnglianLifeMaterialism degrades matter, museumsrise it upSatish Kumar</li></ul> <p> 2. Positive Psychology Positive EmotionThe Pleasant Life Eudaemonic FlowThe Good Life Using your strengths tocreate something greaterthan you areThe Meaningful Life We would spend less timetreating mental illness if wespend more time promotingmental wellness.Martin Seligman 3. More unequal societies are badfor almost everyone withinthem the rich as well as thepoor Almost every modern socialand environmental problem ill health, lack of communitylife, violence, obesity, mentalillness, long working hours bigprison populations is morelikely to occur in a less equalsociety 4. The Western Economy has given us wealth beyond measure, but hastaken away the chief benefits of wealth, theconsciousness of having enoughRobert and Edward Skidelsky 5. Joseph Stieglitz, The Price of Inequality:How Todays Divided Society EndangersOur FutureAmartya Sen The Idea of Justice,Robert and Edward Skidelsky How Muchis Enough,Diane Coyle The Economics of Enough, 6. The Five Ways to Well-BeingConnectBe ActiveTake NoticeKeep LearningGive 7. Transition Movement 8. a sanctuary from commercial messages 9. a place for encounters 10. being psychologically present 11. giving back 12. Chiltern Open Air MuseumImperial War Museum NorthThe Beaney Art Gallery, CanterburyReading MuseumThe Garden Museum, LondonShakespeares BirthplaceThe Cinema Museum, LondonLondon Transport MuseumThe Manchester MuseumThe Story Museum, OxfordGodalming MuseumThe Lightbox, Woking 13. What weve learnt Greatest impacts are onIndividuals as well asthan organisations A network is morepowerful than ahierarchy Linking well-being toenvironmentalsustainability is moredifficult than it looks The power of speakingopenly about biggerissues and the widercontext 14. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 15. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 16. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 17. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 18. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 19. Happy MuseumPrinciples1. Create conditions forwellbeing2. Pursue mutualrelationships3. Learn for resilience4. Value the environmentand be a steward ofthe future as well asthe past5. Be an active citizen6. Measure what matters 20. The value of Museumsand HappinessThe Value of Musuems to peopleshappiness is 3,200 per year, perperson.This compares to:Being an audience in the Arts 2,000Participation in Arts activity 1.500Participation in Sport 1,500 21. tony.butler@eastanglianlife.org.uk01449 612229www.eastanglianlife.org.ukwww.happymuseumproject.orgTwittertonybutler1Bloghttp://tonybutler1.wordpress.com </p>